Slideshow | 'Super School' in Snoqualmie welcomes back Seahawk John Carlson
October 11, 2011 · Updated 1:41 PM
Tuesday's assembly at Snoqualmie Elementary School had everything -- singing, a parade, a visit from Seattle Seahawk John Carlson, and to top it off, a big unveiling of the school's new playground equipment.
The parade was of the fifth grade students' state projects, hand-made floats, and one radio-controlled entry, that showcased the hallmarks of each state.
Next, the assembly put the spotlight on Carlson, sidelined for the season with a shoulder injury, but as eager as the students to see the new exercise equipment. Last year, he awarded the school an NFL Play 60 grant when SES was named a Play 60 "Super School" used in conjunction with some PTSA funds to buy the equipment.
His question, "Remember last year when I came?" was answered with deafening screams. "I had a great time, and I was just impressed with the way you guys have your priorities set, to work out and eat right, and that's why I wanted to come back," he said.
Play 60 encourages children to be active for 60 minutes every day, and rewards "super schools" like SES with grants for fitness equipment. Teacher Jim McEldowny's plans to create an exercise tracking program at the school also were part of the award consideration.
When Carlson and McEldowny pulled the covers off two new pieces of exercise equipment, there were even more excited cheers.
"We're the first school to ever have it installed," McEldowny said after the assembly. It wasn't completely ready to use yet that day, but McEldowny demonstrated how each piece had three stations, one each to work legs, arms and abdominal muscles, with resistance provided by rubber bands, and on one station, by a student's own weight.
Carlson was impressed. "We use this type of equipment in our weight room, but I've never seen it as playground equipment," he said.